It is coming to light that cognitive or brain training is needed for everyone to ensure graceful aging. Perhaps if everyone engaged in some form of cognitive training in their 40’s and 50’s or 60’s we would not be seeing so much dementia. If those individuals diagnosed with high blood pressure or any type of heart disease were more aggressive with their lifestyle and integrated brain training into their
routine then their outcome for aging could possibly improve tenfold and they would not be as vulnerable to dementia. Brain training can also be used to combat delirium or the after effects of delirium following surgery in the aged person so their life does not dramatically decline following hip surgery or cardiovascular surgery. As I mentioned earlier in this blog, research on cognitive decline is telling us that cognitive reserve; meaning people who are more active with their brain, furthered their education, and/or have higher abilities provides a protective mechanism for aging effects. This tells us that cognitive training may be useful for everyone to protect themselves against dementia as we are aging longer.